Widow's Son


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Jesus Raises a Widow’s Son

    Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out - the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.”

    Then he went up and touched the coffin, and those carrying it stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.

    They were all filled with awe and praised God. “A great prophet has appeared among us,” they said. “God has come to help his people.” This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country. -- Luke 7:11-17

Luke introduces us to a widow who had lost her only son, which Jesus notices as he passes by the funeral procession.

The miracle was unsolicited

  • Funeral procession moving toward the sepulchres
  • Widow absorbed in grief

The miracle was performed publicly

  • All of Christ’s miracles were performed in front of reputable witnesses
  • Even when he raised the ruler’s daughter, three of his disciples were with him

The nature of the miracle was impressive

  • He touched the casket
  • He spoke the life-giving word

The nature of the miracle was compassion

  • Jesus told the widow not to cry
  • Jesus restored her son to her, unsolicited

The effects of the miracle on the crowd

  • They were filled with awe
  • They praised God

Application of the miracle

  • Fragility of human life and relationships
  • Our view of Christ should be exalted
  • Doctrine of the resurrection
  • Tenderness, mercy, compassion





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